- containing an acetyl group or derived from acetic acid: acetone
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Chemistrya combining form with the meanings "vinegar,'' "acetic acid,'' used in the formation of compound words (acetometer), esp. in the names of chemical compounds in which acetic acid or the acetyl group is present (acetophenetidin).Also,[esp. before a vowel,] acet-.
- Latin acēt(um) vinegar + -o-. Cf. acid, acescent
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aceto-, (before a vowel)acet- combining form
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